Sports lighting has gone a long way in a short time. Since 2015, nearly 25% of the United States Major league sports venues have moved from traditional metal halide lamps to more adaptable and energy-efficient LEDs. For example, Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, as well as the American National Rugby League's Arizona Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings, and so on.
Ephesus Lighting President Mike Lorenz of Eaton introduced the recent rise of LED systems in major league sports facilities and why so many teams are using LED technology.
According to Lorenz, the most advanced venue selection LED system has three major reasons: to improve television coverage, enhance the fan experience, reduce long-term operating costs.
LED lighting and control can improve television coverage
Television broadcasts have long played an important role in influencing the evolution of illumination. From professional sports leagues to college competitions, LEDs are used to enhance television coverage by eliminating slow-motion replay of the strobe (a problem common on metal halide lamps). Equipped with advanced LED motion lighting, these clips can now be played without blinking at 20000 frames per second, so fans can carefully capture every second of the replay.
When using LEDs to illuminate the competition, the image is brighter and clearer on TV because of the balance between warm and cool colors. There is little shadow, glare or black spots, so the movement remains clear and smooth. The LED system can also be adjusted according to the venue of the game, the time of the game and the type of game broadcast.
LED system can enhance the fans ' experience in the game
With LED lighting system, fans have a better experience, not only improve the spectator game, but also improve the participation of the audience. LEDs are instantly enabled, so you can adjust the lights at half-time or when the game breaks. Imagine how the fans in the stadium would react if your favorite team was pitching in the last five seconds of the first half, and the timer was just 0 seconds away and the lights were on and the ball was on. The lighting master can use the controllable led system to tailor this moment to inspire the player's morale. In turn, the fans will feel that they are part of the game.
Advanced lighting systems can reduce operating costs
The progress of lighting technology also makes the operating cost of LED more attractive than the traditional lighting, such as metal halide lamps, more affordable. Installing LED venues can save 75% to 85% of total energy costs.
So, what is the total project cost? The average installation costs ranged from 125,000 dollars to 400,000 dollars, and the stadium installation costs from 800,000 to 2 million dollars, depending on the area of the stadium, lighting and so on. With the reduction of energy saving and maintenance costs, the investment returns of LED systems are usually seen within a few years.
The adoption rate of LEDs is now on the rise. The next time you cheer in the stands or watch a game in your cozy home, take a moment to think about the effect of the LEDs.